June 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36) celebrates with designated hitter Chris Young (25) after hitting a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A’s Go For 10th Home Win in a Row Against Yankees: Game Preview


The Oakland Athletics have won 19 of their past 24 games, and they’ll try for their 10th consecutive victory at home when they take the field at O.Co Coliseum against the New York Yankees tonight.

Right-hander Dan Straily gets the call for the A’s, and he hasn’t pitched less than six innings in any of his last four starts, accumulating a 2-0 record with a 2.08 ERA over the span. His development has been key for an Oakland rotation that is just starting to come together, especially with Brett Anderson continuing to work his way back from a stress fracture in his right foot.

Phil Hughes will be on the mound for the Yankees, and he had great success his last time out against the A’s, going eight innings with nine strikeouts and no runs allowed in a 4-2 win for New York on May 4. He’s won only twice in six appearances since then, but he looked sharp in his last outing against the Seattle Mariners, pitching seven solid innings with seven strikeouts and only three hits.

The fact that Oakland will be without lead off hitter Coco Crisp and slugger Yoenis Cespedes certainly won’t hurt Hughes’ chances. Cespedes left Tuesday night’s game in the second inning after tweaking his hamstring running for first, and Crisp left after sustaining an injury to his right heel on a groundout in the third.

Neither injury is considered to be particularly serious, and both players could be available to pinch hit if necessary as reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

If the A’s continue to exhibit the timely hitting that has been prevalent over their recent hot streak, Cespedes and Crisp won’t be missed too much. Derek Norris snapped out of an 0-for-14 streak to drive in four runs last night, and Nate Freiman went 3-for-4 and scored a run to bring his average up to .284.

Game time tonight is at 7:05 PST.

 

LINEUPS

Oakland Athletics

1. J. Jaso

2. S. Smith LF

3. J. Lowrie SS

4. J. Donaldson 3B

5. J. Reddick RF

6. B. Moss 1B

7. C. Young CF

8. E. Sogard 2B

9. N. Freiman DH

 

New York Yankees

1. B. Gardner CF

2. R. Cano 2B

3. M. Teixeira 1B

4. T. Hafner DH

5. V. Wells LF

6. K. Youkilis 3B

7. I. Suzuki RF

8. J. Nix SS

9. A. Romine C

 

 

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